It could prove almost as definitive -- and far more easily digestible -- than Branagh's textually complete version.
The lines are read for the most part with more feeling for the angry-stepchild plot than for the iambic pentameter.
Almereyda modernises and streamlines without trivializing, and amplifies poetic melodrama with regular ingenuity and energy.
Icy-cold in its palette and unwaveringly cool in its application of modern settings and gizmos to a text that stands up to endless reinvention, this is a Hamlet that brings imagination matched by thoughtfulness to its appeal to both eye and ear.
| Original Score: 3/4
The result is more than a mere gimmick and less than an unqualifed success, but yes -- it's always watchable.
| Original Score: 3/4
By equating the garish feudalism of the play's original setting with the megalopolis of today's New York, [Almereyda is] at least on the right track. The problem is, it's just about his only track.
Almereyda has pulled off a formidable coup: He's made Shakespeare come alive for contemporary audiences of all ages, especially young people.
| Original Score: 4/5
A moody and compelling update of Shakespeare's classic.
| Original Score: B+
This is one Hamlet that was not meant to be.
Ultimately, I don't think that Michael Almereyda's modern-day adaptation of Hamlet really works, but it's a lot of fun along the way.
In OUR time, the sinister turn of events at the Denmark Corporation couldn't be more apt.
| Original Score: A
Although it's virtually impossible to make a bad movie based on a play as strong as Hamlet, Almereyda almost succeeds.
| Original Score: 2/4
In the end this noble experiment fails, not for its adventure but for its ultimate lack thereof.
Vital and sharply intelligent.
Almereyda never plays up the gimmickry at the expense of the performances.
Oddly enough it's the picture's visuals -- its mournful, glassy Manhattan high-rises; its limos and Town Cars with their mirrorlike flanks -- that make it feel most like Hamlet.
| Original Score: 9/10
But the joke only goes so far, and even at a relatively svelte 112 minutes Hamlet comes apart in its final third.